East Lansing, Michigan, is a vibrant city in the heart of the state, known for its lively atmosphere and a strong sense of community with an urban-suburban mix. Home to Michigan State University, with a population of approximately 50,000 students and 15,000 employees, the city exudes energy and spirit. Tree-lined streets and well-maintained neighborhoods offer a picturesque backdrop for the city's bustling downtown area.
One of the defining features of East Lansing is its thriving arts and culture scene. The city is home to numerous art galleries, theaters, and music venues, showcasing a range of artistic expressions including the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts, located on the Michigan State University campus. In addition, the city hosts a range of events, including the Summer Solstice, the Jazz Festival, and the East Lansing Art Festival, guaranteeing there is always something to enjoy.
A blend of sectors and industries ensures the East Lansing economy continues to grow, with the state equalized value of all property in the city increasing by $68.3 million in the last year. Investments and new development throughout the city remain strong, including recent projects such as The Graduate Hotel, Abbot Apartments, and more.
The current workforce across the city includes 294 full-time and 86 part-time employees. The city has a general fund budget of $44.7 million and a total budget consisting of all funds in the amount of $129.3 million.
Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes region, the City of East Lansing combines education, entertainment, and natural surroundings creating an appealing community for all.
Application deadline: June 19th
Requirements for the position include the following:
• A bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, or a related field
• A master’s degree is desired
• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in local government management in city, township or county government as a city, township or county manager, or a senior department head
• Experience in economic and community development; personnel and labor relations; budget and finance, intergovernmental relations, public safety and public works
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Additional qualifications include expertise in organizational skills and follow-through, demonstrated leadership and managerial capabilities, and prior experience in effectively managing complex organizations similar to East Lansing
• Experience managing a community that houses a major university
*Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At the City of East Lansing we celebrate and support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. So, if your experience aligns but doesn't exactly match each and every qualification, apply anyway. You may be exactly what we are looking for.
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